Ram is expanding an earlier recall that saw pickups equipped with a power-locking tailgate head back to dealers for repairs.
Back in May, Ram announced a recall for 2015 to 2018 Ram pickups with a power-locking tailgate. The issue was the power lock actuator control assembly was “susceptible to failure,” although FCA didn’t make clear what exactly that entailed. All we knew was the Ram owners would occasionally be driving down the road and their tailgates would fly open without any warning.
Which is obviously bad. Nobody wants to lose their load on the highway. No accidents or injuries were reported as a result of this issue, but there were 127 warranty claims and a bunch of complaints to the NHTSA, which eventually led to the problem being identified and a recall being announced.
That first recall affected 410,000 pickups ranging from the 1500 to the 3500 Heavy Duty. Now, Ram is adding an additional 875,000 trucks to the mix.
This time, FCA is going as far back as 2013 with the new batch of trucks. Again, Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups are affected ranging from model year 2013 to 2018. Trucks built between the years of 2015 to 2017 were equipped with an 8-foot bed, while model year 2013, 2014, and 2018 pickups have beds of varying sizes. All were built before April 1st, 2018.
An earlier recall in 2018 called back 1.1 million trucks for the same issue, so combined with this latest expansion, Ram has now recalled almost 2.4 million vehicles.
As before, dealers will inspect the tailgate locking control actuator and replace it free of charge. Letters will be sent out around October 13th.
In the meantime, Fiat Chrysler is advising all Ram owners to stow their cargo securely to prevent it from falling out of the bed should the tailgate fly open unexpectedly. Tie-downs are your friends.